Brendan Rodgers wants Dedryck Boyata to commit to the new long-term deal he has been offered by Celtic when he returns from his fortnight’s holiday at the start of August.
And the Celtic manager believes that the defender will be even better after his wonderful World Cup campaign which saw the Celtic star feature in all three group stage victories including the first victory over England.
Boyata revealed his intention to pen the new deal with Celtic upon his return from the international break at the end of the previous season and Rodgers will be anxiously awaiting confirmation that the player has had no change of heart.
Boyata is in the final year of his current deal at Parkhead and he has already garnered interest from several clubs with Lazio and Fulham seemingly interested in his signature. Certainly, Celtic would prefer to keep the player on the new terms but would not want him to leave as a free agent next summer.
“He is very important. I always said that once he got into the team, Dedryck would do very well,” Rodgers explained.
“He is an experienced player and his experience at the World Cup is only going to help him.
“He has a year left on his contract and he is a player that we would love to keep. He knows that, but he is now on holiday and we will pick that up again when he comes back.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet, we have messaged each other and he knows my feelings on it.
“He just needs to rest and recover and we will speak when he gets back.”